Here is a list of resources related to sleep and insomnia from sources I regard highly. Out of the plethora of information available on the internet, my aim is to point you to the most informative and authoritative sites. I hope you find this resources page helpful, as well as the rest of the content on my site.
Healthy Sleep by Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine
This website is one of my favorites, and I recommend it often to my clients who want to dive deeper and learn more about all of the facets of sleep. There is a ton of content, including interactive guides, videos, and articles. It reminds me of an interactive textbook.
Sleep Education by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Straight from the sleep medicine experts, this site has information on a wide range of topics related to sleep disorders and treatment. They also post shorter blog-style articles on various sleep-related topics.
National Sleep Foundation
https://sleepfoundation.org/ and https://sleep.org/
Another reputable source with a wide range of information on sleep disorders and topics. Their Sleep.org project is a sleek educational portal that’s both visually appealing and informative.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia – Mayo Clinic
This is a pretty good summary describing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which evidence shows is the most effective first-line treatment for insomnia. This is the intervention I use when treating insomnia at my healthcare day-job, and the basis for the content I provide on this site.
Let me provide a few other links for diving deeper into CBT-I, for those who are clinicians, academics, or simply very interested learners.
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3554970/ – Great literature review on the different components that make up CBT-I.
- http://www.med.unc.edu/neurology/sleepclin/jdedingrCBTManual.pdf – A CBT-I treatment manual from one of the early pioneers, Dr. Jack D. Edinger. A bit dated (early 2000s), but concise and worth its weight in gold.
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3622949/ – Brief Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia is an intervention that is evidence-based and basically an adaptation of CBT-I distilled into the most effective behavioral components. I highly favor this approach.
- https://www.amazon.com/Cognitive-Behavioral-Treatment-Insomnia-Session/dp/0387774408/ – CBT-I treatment manual for clinicians (valuable for lay readers too). My preferred CBT-I guide.
Prescription sleep meds – Mayo Clinic
Informative brief guide to the sleep medications available. Goes without saying, but you should make medication and treatment decisions with your medical provider. And Google doesn’t count as one.
http://www.sleepeducation.org/essentials-in-sleep/sleep-apnea/overview-facts and https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/sleep-apnea
Learn more about sleep apnea, risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options.
Here are some apps I have found helpful over the years. Not a comprehensive list, but a short list of ones I would recommend today.
- Sleep Cycle
- CBTi Coach